American Humane Behavior and Training Advisory Committee


I’ve supported and promoted the Animal Behavior Research Institute website since its inception several years back as the best place for professionals to go to for pet behavior information. The site is free and also open to the public. So anyone can sneak in and watch superstars in the world of animal behavior instruct their colleagues about the right way to do things; and that’s important because there’s SO much misinformation out there.  It’s all the inspiration of legendary veterinary behaviorist Dr. R.K. Anderson.

Dr. R.K. Anderson training our dog Ethel. After this day, with Dr. Anderson’s hands on Ethel, I said “I may never bathe her again.” What one lucky dog, she was trained by the legendary Dr. Anderson, and kissed (about a year after this photo was taken) by Dr. Ian Dunbar.

However, at the age of nearly 89, Dr. Anderson wants to slow down (huh? – I don’t personally ever see that happening), he approached the American Humane Association, who will now oversee the website, with direction provided by the newly created Animal Behavior and Training Advisory Committee. This group will also advise American Humane about an upcoming American Humane hosted dog training summit and offer continued general guidance. You won’t believe the names on this list, which will be directed by Dr. Marie McCabe, senior vice-president of American Humane’s Human-Animal Interactions Program and American Humane’s Katenna Jones, a certified applied animal behaviorist and humane educator.

Dog behavior consultant Marjie Alonnso, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants; dog trainer Kelly Gorman Dunbar, Dog Star Daily; Dr. Dan Estep, certified applied animal behaviorist Animal Behavior Associations; Dr. Gerrald Flannigan, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists; Pam Johnson Bennett, cat behavior consultant Cat Behavior Associations; Dr. Jacqui Neilson, veterinary behaviorist CATalyst Council; Dr. Karen Overall, veterinary behaviorist University of Pennsylvania Center for Neurobiology & Behavior; Dr. Valli Parthasarathy, American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior; Karen Pryor, Karen Pryor Academy; Terry Ryan, Legacy Canine Behavior and Training; Julie Shaw, senior animal behavior technologist Purdue University; Dr. Sophia Yin, applied animal behaviorist as well as Mychelle Blake representing the association of pet dog trainers, and me too.

History might view this transition of ABRI Online, as well the creation of this Advisory Committee as an exceedingly important event to support the steering training and behavior advise on the ‘right road.’ The impact, just by looking at these names, is undeniable.